A storm front that moved into northern Utah late Tuesday dropped substantial amounts of snow in the mountains and watered valley areas with a good dousing of rain.
Bill Alder, meteorologist in charge of the National Weather Service's Salt Lake Office, said the storm will move out of the area Wednesday afternoon.The respite will be short-lived, however, as another storm is expected to move in Thursday evening.
"The mountains did unexpectedly well," Alder said. "It's the kind of precipitation that puts smiles on the faces of water people."
Alta reported 16 inches of snow to go with 10 inches at Brighton, 14 at Elk Meadow, 11 at both Park City and Park West, 10 at Powder Mountain, 15 at Snowbird and 16 at Solitude.
Rain at the Salt Lake International Airport measured .12 inches while Hill Air Force Base reported .24, Zion National Park .29 and Hurricane .14.
Snow was reported on the ground in areas of Utah, Davis and Weber counties and along the Salt Lake benches. Box Elder and Cache also reported valley snow with slushy roads in the mountain passes.
Wednesday's high was expected to reach into the low 50s with the overnight lows along the Wasatch Front ranging between 30 and 35 degrees. Thursday highs are also expected to get into the 50s before the next storm front moves in.
Looking to the weekend, Alder said the next storm will move out early Friday and that Saturday should be a nice day along the Wasatch Front.
March is turning into a good water month. Many areas have already passed their monthly precipitation average. Also, the cool mountain temperatures are keeping what remains of the below-average snow pack in place and even adding to it in some areas.